According to London Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the decision of Labour to not expel former London Ken Livingstone from the party for his comments regarding Adolf Hitler and Zionism was living proof that the party is serious in “tackling the scourge of anti-Semitism.”
The former London had been expelled after he said that MP Naz Shah did not make anti-Semitic social media posts. He said that Hitler supported Zionism in 1932 before he became anti-Semitic and creating the Holocaust. He even said that Nazis and Zionists before World War Two had collaborated.
Three charges were held against Livingstone for his statements. One is for breaking rule 2.1.8, which states that all party members should never engage in conduct where prejudice is part of the opinion. The breaking of more than one rule is tantamount to expulsion, to which Labour did not honour for Livingstone.
Mirvis’ complete statement said that the case showed a “chance for the Labour Party” to “show it is intolerant of the baiting of the Jewish community by using the Holocaust as a tool with which to inflict the maximum amount of offence.”
He said their community is “worried” because the party has “failed to show” its dedication to tackle anti-Semitism. He said the Labour Party “has failed the Jewish community and its members.”